Skip to comments.DCCC to Republicans: Stop ‘Playing Politics’ with the Troops
Posted on 06/27/2009 8:39:43 AM PDT by james.richardson
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Friday it will launch a series of district-specific radio ads targeting vulnerable Republicans who voted against President Obamas controversial war supplemental package.
As a matter of national security in years past Republicans have shown tremendous support for similar measures, however last week they voted en bloc against the $106 billion appropriations bill.
The Democratic Leadership and the DCCC would be content to let the public believe Republicans were playing politics with the troops, having voted against the emergency legislation out of pure spite for the president.
Over 100 Republicans voted for the bill when the first iterationbefore the $83.5 billion bill mushroomedreached the floor of the House several weeks ago. But after the Democratic Leadership rewrote the bill to include billions in funding for lawmakers pet projects, including an additional $5 billion in funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), virtually all Republicans defected, accusing the Democrats of lacing the emergency war-funding bill with billions of extraneous pork barrel spending.
If a global bailout is to be to debated and funded, it surely does not belong in a war appropriations bill. Democrats know this, just like they knew bailout-averse Republicans would, instinctively, vote against any such measure. And then they realized they had the upper-hand: they held the coveted youre-playing-politics-with-the-troops card.
Calculating Democrats put a hold on the appropriations bill as Speaker Nancy Pelosi scrambled to corral enough votes to pass the bill without Republicans and anti-war Democrats. They did, and their disingenuous strategy to score political pointsat the cost of our troops safetywas set afoot.
Among the Republicans targeted are Congressmen Ken Calvert (CA-44), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Jim Gerlach (PA-06), Dan Lungren (CA-03), Mike McCaul (TX-10), Lee Terry (NE-02).
As a testament to their lack of due diligence, they also set their sights on a retired U.S. Army National Guard Colonel, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02).
Military service in Congressman Wilsons family doesnt stop there, no. His oldest son Alan McCrory Wilson, a Major in the Army National Guard, spent a year in Iraq. Addison Wilson, Jr., a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, is Lieutenant in the Navy. Wilsons third son, Julian Dusenbury Wilson, is a Captain in the Army National Guard. And his youngest, Hunter Taylor Wilson, is a current student at Clemson University where he is, fancy that, a member of the Army ROTC and Army National Guard.
Now if there ever were a legislator who would be chiefly concerned with funding the militarythereby ensuring his own family has the resources they needCongressman Wilson would be him. And if there ever were a party who would be chiefly concerned with scoring political points by jeopardizing the military, the Democratic Party would be it.
Shame on you, Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Chris Van Hollen. House Republicans were prepared to, and indeed did, pass a troop funding bill. Giving the military the resources they needed was not atop your agenda. As details and your strategy have fleshed themselves out, it has become increasingly apparent you were principal concerned with scoring disingenuous political points.
Shame on you, indeed.
Cross-posted at Skepticians.com.
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Democrats telling anyone not to play politics with the troops is a complete and total joke!!
It sure is and so like them to try and turn it around to blame us.
They are the joke and it’s going to catch up with them.
I have grown so sick and tired of the infighting, cultural warfare and rabid fighting when we are all screwed in the end.
Note to Democrats: Drop dead.
These dishonest sleazebags just foisted an “energy” bill on us that will cost a lot, achieve little, and help them get re-elected. They should shut up. They don’t represent us or the country.
Dems can get away with this because Republicans are feckless twits who don’t know how to fight back. Notice that there have been no statements or interviews Steele had done about Cap and Trade and healthcare. He’s in over his head.
Isn’t this the one where the Rats snuck in “cash for clunkers”?
Many of us know what you mean and agree. However, the Dems/liberals/RINOs are like playground bullies and must be beat to the ground before you see some relief. Nice-nice time should have been over long ago.
For those of us serving or with family serving in the military, we've put up with the bullying for far too long and we've fought back but when you look at the demographics of those who are serving/have family members etc., we're just a teeny-tiny peep in the roaring crowd, can't be heard and won't be heard.
Now maybe with so many more being victimized by this Marxist's wonderful economic talents, that mouse that roared may be heard--and felt.
There you go... a reasonable explanation why the GOP don't play that game...
Notice that there have been no statements or interviews Steele had done about Cap and Trade and healthcare. Hes in over his head.
Why is he still there? He’s not in over his head. He’s NOT on our side. He’s on the side of color.
The Kenyan’s administration knows they have one very weak spot that will hinder their takeover of the U.S....... the troops. Should all hell break lose, will the troops stand by them or will they stand by the citizens. They MUST brainwash and woo the troops and turn them against Republicans. That is a must do! That’s why Michelle the manbeast is taking up that cause.
ADOLPH HITLER , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X
How do you argue with shameless hypocrits?
This is what I don’t understand. How do you compromise with evil? Democrats are pure evil and they must be destroyed not gotten along with. Why can’t anyone we send to Washington understand this?
This tactic can be shot down (pun intended) it's so easy it ain't funny. This Act's (supplemental bill, 63 pages) final version is anything but 'money for the troops'. That's in there almost as an afterthought. It has
There's NO REASON that all that other stuff has to be in this "..supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes."
[Excuse the CAPS that's how the original thing is typed.]
This is the THOMAS HTML page version with a Hot Link Index of all the junk in this Bill (Troop money my patoot)
They voted no because the bill was supposed to be for wars - but included cash for clunkers and an internatinal bailout/line of credit... That’s why they voted NO - Dems are so classless
How many cases of “playing politics w/ the troops” can we pin on the Dems - hmmm... lots, that’s what I thought.
...boy this is like al Queda demanding the US end terrorism...
...after the Democratic Leadership rewrote the bill to include billions in funding for lawmakers' pet projects, including an additional $5 billion in funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), virtually all Republicans defected, accusing the Democrats of lacing the emergency war-funding bill with billions of extraneous pork barrel spending.
The only way this will work is if Obama slashes military personnel by 2/3rds... and it is Exactly what Barney Frank and other top Dems suggest that he do!
Is this IMF gold? IMF gold contributed by the United States? What gold are we talking about?
And they can KMA too!
I will not be lectured by the party of lunatics.
Anybody with the will to surf the net, listen to Talk Radio, or watch FNC has heard the conservative message. Voters were NOT ignorant of the direction Obama-Pelosi-Reed would take us.
The problem is really Americans embraced socialism, and gave rats the House, a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, and the Presidency. The problem is the Drive-By Media is absolutely shameless in it's bias, and Pop Culture is deified. The problem is our public schools are indoctrination camps, where history is rewritten, morality subjectified, and ideology programed.
The problem is the game is rigged...
and maybe, the GOP doesn't know how to play, but I'm not ready to lynch Steele for it. The majority of American voters either likes socialism or they don't care about ideology but they still go out and vote. Even eloquent President Reagan couldn't get the conservative message out to the brain dead.